In re Google LLC (Fed. Cir. 2023)
That is one other mandamus motion win by Google on comfort grounds. The Federal Circuit has ordered the case moved out of the Western District of Texas (Waco) to the Northern District of California.
Jawbone Improvements, LLC sued Google for patent infringement again in 2021 in W.D.Tex. (Waco). Jawbone is a Texas firm and has a bodily base in Waco. However, because the courtroom famous, the corporate was shaped just a few months earlier than the lawsuit was filed. A few of chances are you’ll personal Jawbone headphone/speaker merchandise. The working firm closed in 2017, and Jawbone Improvements is a ensuing patent-holding firm.
As ordinary, Google moved to switch its case out of the W.D. Tex. Decide Albright reviewed and rejected the switch movement and Google instantly petitioned for mandamus. The Federal Circuit has now granted mandamus and ordered the case transferred.
Though the appellate courtroom said that it supplied deference to Decide Albright’s resolution, it finally rejected his evaluation. I notice a few the problems beneath:
- Time to Trial: The appellate panel indicated that the probability of a speedy decision in a single jurisdiction versus one other shouldn’t be given any regard within the comfort evaluation except the events notably justify why a speedy trial is vital. Right here, the courtroom held that Jawbone clearly has no urgency to resolve the case since it’s a non-practicing entity. As such, the truth that W.D.Tex. might resolve the case sooner than N.D.Cal. needs to be given no consideration. This end result seems problematic to me generally. Though there isn’t any Constitutional proper to a speedy trial in patent circumstances,
- P is a (new) Texas Corp: The district courtroom gave substantial weight to the truth that Jawbone is a Texas firm and has an workplace in Waco close to the Courthouse. The Federal Circuit rejected that evaluation — discovering as an alternative that Jawbone has no significant presence within the district. Additional, the claimed presence seems a clear effort to fabricate info favorable for this kind of venue problem.
Along with Google’s accused infringing design work being achieved in N.D.Cal., an vital issue on this case is that the underlying Jawbone innovations had been additionally created in N.D.Cal.; and that’s the location of the previous Jawbone decision-makers and prosecuting attorneys.
As I’ve written earlier than, I count on Google’s true purpose for asking for switch shouldn’t be based upon any of the comfort elements. Quite Google is anxious that it’s extra more likely to obtain a harsh end result in Texas from Decide Albright than it will earlier than one of many N.D. Cal. Judges in Silicon Valley.